The US Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, is meant to be less visible to enemy radar at sea.
The US Navy has just launched its newest guided missile destroyer, the first of the Zumwalt-class destroyers designed for operations close to shore and for land attack, and created to be less visible to enemy radars at sea.
The USS Zumwalt “DDG-1000″ Guided Missile Destroyer is the largest ship that General Dynamics Bath Iron Works has ever built and is the Navy’s largest destroyer. The ship is a hundred feet longer than the existing class of destroyers and has a sharp, angular form. The hull is made of composite materials designed to absorb radar waves. The ship has been incorporated with new technologies, including an all-electric integrated power system and advanced weapons system.
The USS Zumwalt is the first of three Zumwalt-class destroyers, named after former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations from 1970 to 1974.
The USS Zumwalt is just over 87 percent complete and General Dynamics will continue working on the ship until it is officially delivered to the Navy in 2014. The Navy will then activate its combat systems and conduct the necessary tests and trials. The Zumwalt is expected to reach initial operating capability by 2016.
Images by General Dynamics via US Navy